AMPIA AwardsThe Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the Alberta Film & Television Awards, celebrating excellence and outstanding achievement in Alberta film, television and new media. From the 268 class entries and 415 craft entries comprising this year’s competition (up respectively 4.6% and 8.6% from 2012) the judges had a difficult but enjoyable challenge determining this year’s finalists. 164 Alberta productions, from commercials, new media, and both long and short form fiction and nonfiction are again vying for 23 Class awards.

In addition, Alberta’s talented screenwriters, costume and production designers, cinematographers, editors, directors, make-up artists, special effects artists, sound technicians and composers are competing in 33 Craft categories. This year new Class categories have been added, including Best Newscast and Best Commercial (both Over and Under $50K) and new Craft categories Overall Sound and Musical Score. Each winner receives the prestigious Rosie Award.

The 6th season of the dramatic series, “Heartland,” from SEVEN24 Films had the most nominations for an individual production with 13, while Nomadic Picture’s dramatic series “Hell on Wheels” and Lonely Boy Productions’ feature film “Rufus” both followed up with 8 nominations each. White Iron, Mosaic Entertainment, and Aquila Productions tied with 11 finalists each.

Joe Media has the most number of finalists -23, followed by SEVEN24 Films with 19 and Nomadic Pictures with 14. Tied for fourth place with 13 finalists each are the CBC and Lonely Boy Productions.

The 2013 Alberta Film & Television Awards will take place at a gala evening presentation on Saturday, May 25 2013 at the Winspear Centre in downtown Edmonton. Instead of a sit down dinner the Rosies will be handed out on stage at the Winspear, with receptions immediately before and after the awards.

During the evening AMPIA will be presenting two additional special awards. The Friend of the Industry Award will be given jointly to FAVA (Film & Video Arts Society of Alberta) and CSIF (Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers).

“These two organizations have supported our industry and fostered the careers of many Alberta media artists and professionals for the past 30 years,” says AMPIA Executive Director, Bill Evans. “We are pleased to honour their contributions to our Industry as part of our 40th Anniversary Celebrations.”

This year’s Special Achievement Award recipient is Dave Thomas, a founding member of the seminal TV Comedy series SCTV, which was filmed in Edmonton from 1980-82 (See accompanying one-sheet).

This year’s event will be hosted by Edmonton stand up comedian and 630 CHED radio personality Andrew Grose. Andrew is also the Artistic Director of the ATB Edmonton Comedy Festival.

In order to qualify for an Alberta Film & Television Award a production must be at least co-produced by an Alberta production company. For any craftsperson to be eligible he or she must have been a resident of Alberta for the 2012 calendar year.

Download the complete list of nominees for the 2013 Alberta Film & Television Awards.

Ticket information can be found on AMPIA’s website at www.ampia.org.